a. A rule of thumb is be aware of where the audience's attention is
located on the screen before and after each edit. Good editing includes smooth
Are sequences coherent?
Do shots parallel
c. Avoid jump cuts. Do not edit two shots together in such a way that an
obvious movement is deleted. Subject will appear to jump.
d. Avoid double action.
e. Don't change screen direction without explanation.
f. Don't cut or edit too soon.
soon. The effect may be jerky.
g. Match action.
h. Edits are often motivated by a causal relationship.
i. Edits can also be a bridge or transition.
j. Cut in on action.
Cut action a fraction after the beginning of
k. Avoid cutting from one shot to a shot of an irrelevant detail.
must capture the audience's attention; the production should carry itself.
Audiences must not have to fight to follow the action.
They should not be
aware that they are being manipulated by good editing technique.
l. Use re-establishing shots any time something, someone, or somewhere new
is introduced to the production.
m. Be alert to scenes that are supposed to be happening at the same time
of day but were shot at different times or days.
n. Use cut-ins and cut-aways to help audiences forget former scenes.
5. Aesthetics are important.
Smooth transitions are foremost; set pace and
mood. Maintain quality throughout.
a. Good timing is good editing.
(1) Short cuts result in fast tempo, that is, one scene right after
another, right after another.
(2) Long cuts result in slow tempo.
(3) Is scene length appropriate?